Governor Joseph H. Williams

Joseph H. Williams

DATE OF BIRTH:  February 15, 1814
PLACE OF BIRTH:  Augusta
DATE OF DEATH:  July 19, 1896
PLACE OF DEATH:  Augusta
PROFESSION:  Lawyer
POLITICAL AFFILIATION:  Republican
TERM IN OFFICE:  February 26, 1857 – January 8, 1858
FIRST LADY:  Apphia Putnam

QUOTE: Unlike Governor Hamlin with whom your labors have been hitherto associated, who was borne to the Executive Chair on the topmost wave of jubilant popular favor, I have no assurances in advance from a confiding constituency to sustain and encourage me in this office, but must draw my inspiration solely from my belief that a just and intelligent people; in their judgment of their public servants, will always give due weight to honesty of intention and an assiduous endeavor to promote the general good.

Inaugural Address, February 26, 1857

OTHER ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICES: State Senator (President of the Senate), State Representative

FURTHER READING:

Biographical Encyclopedia of Maine of the 19th Century.  Boston: Metropolitan Publishing and Engraving Company, 1885, pp. 134-137.

Chase, Henry.  Representative Men of Maine.  Portland: The Lakeside Press, 1893, p. XXXIX.

“Ex-Governor Williams,” Daily Eastern Argus, Portland, July 20, 1896.

“Governor Williams,” Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Bangor, 1889, pp. 249-254.

North, James W.  The History of Augusta.  Augusta: Clapp and North, 1870, pp. 962-963.

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